Satoko And Nada Vol. 1 by Yupechika {Manga Review}

Satoko And Nada Vol. 1Satoko & Nada Vol. 1 by Yupechika {Satoko & Nada}

Publisher: Seven Seas

Release Date: October 9, 2018

Pages: 180

Available Through The Book Depository: Satoko And Nada Volume 1

Summary: Satoko, who is Japanese, has a new roommate in America: a Saudi Arabian woman named Nada, who practices Islam and wears a hijab. While under the same roof, Satoko and Nada learn how to live together with very different customs and still have all the fun young women crave! Through mutual respect—and the hilarious adventures of their daily life—Satoko and Nada prove that friendship knows no borders. 

My Rating:★★★★★

My Thoughts: Satoko & Nada is a fantastic manga debut that follows two women, Satoko & Nada as they become roommates while continuing their university studies in America! They learn more about each other’s cultures, go on fun adventures, & become the best of friends! This is a new manga series you don’t want to miss!

From the moment I heard about Satoko & Nada I knew I just had to give it a read!

I don’t usually read slice-of-life or contemporary manga all too often, but when I do read them I really want to pick one that I’ll truly love! Satoko & Nada was just that! I adored every page, panel, & moment, & am really looking forward to the future volumes in this series!

This manga follows Satoko who is college student from Japan and Nada, a college student from Saudi Arabia, and the two move to America to continue their studies!

The story starts off with Satoko heading to Nada’s apartment! Satoko’s decided to become her roommate and all the adventures begin from there.

Right away we see just how fast they become friends and all the random moments throughout their semester from eating out, shopping, driving, watching movies, & so much more, that we really see the power of their friendship! (´▽`ʃƪ)💕

Yupechika builds their friendship and dynamic in such a wonderful + fantastic way, that you really see how much they care for each other!

Satoko & Nada also discusses Saudi & Japanese culture in moments throughout the manga + by showing how both of them are adjusting to American culture!

Yupechika also elaborates on common misconceptions about Saudi & Islamic culture! (She notes where laws have changed within the text, considering Satoko & Nada was actually published already, back in 2017).

Satoko is curious about Nada’s Saudi Arabian & Islamic culture and because of that as the reader you get into detail about common misconceptions, Saudi Arabian & Islamic customs, laws, and different kinds of hijabs, etc.!

While this novel is also filled with such happy and comedic moments, it also tackles sensitive & real topics, from encounters with strangers & homesickness!

Aside from the incredible plot and dynamic between Satoko & Nada, there’s also such an amazing cast of characters!

Throughout the manga I was able to connect with every character in the main cast and I found they truly came to life with each panel! Aside from Satoko & Nada, there’s Kevin (Satoko’s conversation partner), Miracle (who Satoko helps to avoid a stranger kidnapping), & Nada’s friends Pakeezah & Ameena!

What I also love about this manga so much is how inclusive it is! From the leading main characters being Japanese & Saudi-Arabian, there’s also Kevin who’s Japanese-American, & above all the exploration of Saudi & Japanese culture!

The author does such a fantastic job at weaving in the characters, their story & allowing their personality to shine throughout the plot!

Their dynamics were so well explored!

There was honestly nothing I didn’t like about Satoko & Nada. The pacing is great, the comedic moments and real life/serious ones all arrive at perfect moments, alongside the characters and plot!

I also loved the artwork! Its detailed and has a very unique style that stood out!

Satoko & Nada is a fantastic manga and I highly recommend picking it up! I had high expectations for this manga & I’m happy to say they were all exceeded!

I’m really looking forward to more of Satko and Nada’s adventures in volume 2!

Satoko And Nada Vol. 1 is an incredible contemporary manga that follows 2 university students who go to America to continue their studies! The remarkable cast of characters, wonderfully executed plot, and emphasis on friendship, makes this such a unique manga! The focus on friendship, inclusive cast, and brilliant plot in Satoko And Nada will leave a smile on your face & have you eager for the next volume!

The Girl From The Other Side: Siúil A Rún Vol. 2 {Manga Review}

The Girl From The Other Side Vol. 2The Girl From The Other Side: Siúil A Rún Vol. 2 by Nagabe {TGFTOS #2}

Publisher: Seven Seas

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Pages: 174

Summary:To be touched by an Outsider is to become an Outsider. A clawed, black hand reaches out to touch Shiva’s cheek in her sleep. The hand does not belong to Teacher. Who is this strange new Outsider, and what do its creepy murmurings about “mother” portend?

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: The Girl From The Other Side Vol. 2 continues to delve deep into its dark, mysterious, and magical world!

Last year I was just getting back into reading more manga and this series continues to surprise me & its only been 2 volumes!

The Girl From The Other Side: Siúil A Rún is a manga series that while it is slow-moving, I feel it works so well for the mysterious, haunting, and captivating story.

If you’ve never read this series, it basically follows a world split between “Insiders” +”Outsiders.” With Insiders being human and Outsiders being shadow-like creatures, that can curse people w/ a single tough. One of the main characters, Shiva is a girl who waits for her aunt in the forest on the side of the Outsiders and then there’s Teacher, who is somewhat of an Outsider himself. They both live in a cottage in a remote village, with Teacher watching over Shiva and protecting her from Outsiders.

Picking up right where Volume 1 left off, an Outsider similar to Teacher has located and approached Shiva. As explained in the previous volume, if an Outsider is to come into contact with a human, they can be transformed/cursed with a single touch!

It claims Shiva is a “pure soul” and may know how to find her aunt! There’s a fight between this Outsider + Teacher to ensure Shiva’s safety.

After preventing any harm from coming to her, Teacher decides its best to confront this Outsider again and see if he has any answers to where Shiva’s aunt may be!

Their walk through the forest leads them again to the Outsider and a mysterious lake. Teacher soon learns more about his own origins and is desperate to get more answers, but gets very few.

Teacher’s worry over Shiva and the fate of her aunt causes him to become distant, but Shiva to get him to stop worrying.

Back on the Inside, a search party is set up to head back into the forest to continue to track down Outsiders.

As Teacher attempts to confront and overcome his fears for Shiva and his own origins, they head into the forest when Shiva hears a voice.

This voice belongs to her aunt and she quickly convinces Shiva to head back Inside, leaving Teacher behind.

The author allows for the story to be connected by the readers with the mystery and questions that are raised with each volume.

Because this is one of those manga series that jumps in and builds as it goes, it raises more questions than answers with each volume, but I find that’s what makes it so interesting!

Themes of family and self-identity are so prevalent throughout these first 2 volumes, but I felt the theme of identity and self are the main focus of Volume 2!

The unique world-building with the “Inside” + “Outside” is so interesting. However, my only issue for this volume is that the background for the Inside still hasn’t been expanded on as much, but I’m interested in seeing the development for future volumes!

The art has a simple, but elegant style to it, which weaves together so well with the story. It also allows for the dark and almost fairy-tale atmosphere to shine through.

The Girl From The Other Side Volume 2  is a tale shrouded in mystery! With a story both charming and haunting, this manga series continues to build on its unique world and interesting characters!

The Girl From The Other Side: Siúil A Rún Vol. 1 {Manga Review}

The Girl From the Other Side-Siúil, A Rún Vol. 1The Girl From The Other Side: Siúil A Rún Vol. 1 {TGFTOS #1}

Publisher: Seven Seas

Release Date: January 24, 2017

Pages: 180

Summary: In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her aunt, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: As though it were a fairy tale, The Girl From The Other Side is both dark and enchanting!

This manga was utterly fantastic!! I found this one while scrolling through Goodreads and it was the cover that originally had me sold! However, once I read the summary I knew I would adore it!

The story unfolds as we come to learn about the rules that govern the world for the Outsiders, who are still human to some degree, but are creatures of darkness that can turn men to monsters with a single touch.

A dark and mysterious plot drives this manga forward, with such in-depth characters and themes of family, and the shades in between light + darkness!

Shiva, a young girl, lives on the Outside w/ Teacher who is her guardian (+ an Outsider himself) in a quiet little cottage and watches over her as she waits for her aunt to return.

Shiva is a very optimistic child and is eager to explore what’s in the forest beyond the small cottage where they both live.

However, Teacher wants to ensure her safety and keep an eye on her at all times, because he doesn’t want her to become an Outsider as well!

Teacher is a very kind and understanding, however when its discovered he has a secret which is vitally linked to Shiva, he is unsure of what to do because he wants to ensure her happiness.

Regardless, he does all he can to keep Shiva safe, even when she finds herself deep in the forest and runs into guards from a near by town.

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the Outsiders and how they came to be, yet the guards from a near by town suspect it was neighboring town, however no one knows for certain.

There’s a big discussion on how we view those who are different (w/ the Outsiders vs. Insiders for instance) when guards search the woods of the Outside to ensure the safety of their town as they continue their search to rid themselves of Outsiders.

The sophisticated, yet subtle artwork is masterfully done. Teacher, for instance, being an Outsider is a hybrid sorts (donning a shadowed animal-head, mouthless face and piercing eyes). However through the art his expressions are carried through mostly his eyes, yet also in the elegant way he carries himself.

Through the artwork, Nagabe also brings an eeriness to the world itself, but transports the reader in an instant.

The Girl From The Other Side is a dark, mysterious and magical tale that has so much depth from its characters to plot, you will be hooked from page 1!